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  1. TexasHunter.280

    TexasHunter.280 Newb

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    I've been hunting since I was about 7. Shot my first deer when I was 10 with a rifle and all my deer since then. I'm now 15 and am starting bow hunting this upcoming season because I wanted more of a challenge. I wanted to know though if when you're up in a tree stand and you range a deer at 30 yards or so while you're up in a tree stand if you use your 30 yard pin or if because of the angle of the shot you would want to aim higher on the deer. I don't want to be wounding any deer this year. Thanks for the help.
     
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    60X Custom Strings Die Hard Bowhunter

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    You will want to aim low on the deer. It's best to get out before the season and practive shooting out of a treestand or even off a garage roof(or similer) to get used to shooting from an elevated stand. Your impact will depend on how high you are in the tree and the distance of the deer.
     
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    gltomp Grizzled Veteran

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    ^^^ this.
    Welcome to the site... and best of luck to you this year archery hunting!
     
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    SharpEyeSam Legendary Woodsman

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    Welcome to the site and do as 60X suggested. When and if you can get a rangefinder with Angle Compensation. It will take any guess work out.
     
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    Lung Buster Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Welcome to the forum!
     
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    jfergus7 Legendary Woodsman

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    Welcome to the site!
     
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    Fitz Legendary Woodsman

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    Welcome to the site :tu:

    Like others have said, it all depends on how high you are. Practicing from a platform gives you the best result. You can get a rangefinder with angle compensation, but if you hunt relatively flat terrain it's certainly not necessary.

    Even if you we sitting 30 ft in the air and ranged a deer at 30 yards, the effective range would be 28 yards (on flat ground, and since you're in TX I'm guessing it's fairly flat where you hunt). Not a big difference for holding your pins. Even less if you're at the more likely height of 15 ft.

    Steep angles down for close shots are where some practice will really pay off. Other than that, keep it to reasonably close shots, especially in your first few years, and you should be ok.
     
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    wildernessninja Weekend Warrior

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    xtreme16 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Welcome to the site!
     
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    Welcome to the site!
     
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    Great advise guys.....welcome to the site!
     
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    Thanks everyone! The tips help and I plan on keeping the shots close definitely for my first year


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